Shark Finning

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This article talks about how shark finning has effected the population of sharks, and how their extinction will effect us and our world.

Submitted: November 10, 2011

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Shark Finning

Zack Reiter

Shark finning is the process in which you cut off a shark’s fin in order to sell for a very large profit to make shark fin soup. This soup can sell anywhere from 50 to 400 US dollars (seashepherd.org). It has very little taste and contains high levels of methyl-mercury (“Shark Fin Crisis” by Chris Ong JM on vimeo.com). It is primarily used during events such as weddings or business meetings but is seen as a delicacy to many people and has become very popular over the years (stopsharkfinning.net)

Sharks can take up to seven years to reach maturity and only have about one or two “pups” per year. Unlike fish, who can lay millions of eggs at a time. This is the biggest reason why sharks are becoming extinct. If they were able to lay more eggs at a time and mature faster then shark finning would not be as much of an issue.

Each and every year over ten million sharks die as a result of shark finning (stopsharkfinning.net). Fishermen catch the shark, cut off its fins then toss the body back into the ocean where they are left to die. Some sharks starve to death, where as others will drown from lack of oxygen because they are not able to move and force water through their gills.

Shark populations have gone down a significant amount over the years. For example: since 1972 Blacktip sharks have fallen by 93%, Tiger sharks by 97%, Bull, Dusky and Hammer Head sharks by 99% all due to shark finning

(stopsharkfinning.net).

Sharks are the oceans top predator, without them the balance between predator and prey will become very unstable. Sharks help clean the ocean of sick or dying fish, if their population drops any more then many species of fish can become very sick and may eventually die off. Where as other fish such as octopus will become overpopulated causing lobster to be in great danger (seashepherd.org).

We are already seeing an example of what will happen if sharks become extinct along the US East Coast. Where there is a decline in shellfish causing water quality to become worse due to the lack of large sharks, such as black tip and tiger sharks (sciencedaily.com). These sharks prey on other small sharks, rays and skates which eat a large amount of scallops and other types of shellfish helping to filter and clean the ocean (sciencedaily.com)

When most people think of sharks, they see them as vicious killers. But the truth is that sharks kill only about 12 people per year (seashepherd.org). Where as humans kill millions of sharks every year.

There are many ways to stop shark finning from going on. A few things you can do is to not buy from restaurants that sell shark fin soup. There are also many ways to get involved by joining petitions or campaigns helping to ban shark finning all together. Many of these campaigns you can find on websites like: www.stopsharkfinning.net, www.seashepherd.org and many others. If more people get involved then we can keep getting closer to saving sharks from extinction.


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